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Sparkle Carpet

Feminist folk trio Sparkle Carpet are the tough, goth ladies we’ve been waiting for. Their album, We Do Stares, has such an “I don’t give a shit” attitude that reviewing it almost feels redundant. Emphasis on almost. Their music is lively and boisterous. “Mrs. Robinson Digs Me,” a playful take on the Simon & Garfunkel original, is incredibly fun to listen to. The use of triangle adds an enjoyably childlike aspect to the songs, but in no way does it make the music childish. It makes the music sharper, bringing attention to the cheeky smirks behind each word sung. Other songs, such as “You Don’t Think” reveal the steely inner core at the heart of the band. The resolve and determination in the song’s hoarse vocals are rousing.

Sparkle Carpet's next show is Friday, April 19th at Murder Mine. Loud in the Morning, Earth of Foxes, Geophagia will also be playing sets. 

-By Avril Carrillo 

 

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Amulets

A while back I had a friend ask me why I listen to ambient music. For a bit, I rambled on about the way ambient music can be a soft place to mentally curl up in. It provides you room to think while also gently guiding the direction of those thoughts. However, if I had been asked the very same question today, I would have just made my friend listen to Amulets' Future Fog. Each song creates a vastly different mood, but it’s done so subtly and gracefully that you don’t pick up on it unless you’re paying close attention. You don’t get lost in his music, it gets lost with you.

Amulets, who also goes by Randall Taylor, has most recently released Mountains Past / Immortal Yeller. Created in conjunction with fellow drone artist Bus Gas, the album explores the relationship between cause and effect. It does so beautifully. “Mountains Pass” in particular stands out. The song maintains a balance between emotional distance and bare-bones vulnerability. Not too mention this doesn’t even touch on live performance. With the use of handmade cassette tape loops and live guitar loops, Amulets focuses on recontextualizing his soundscapes to produce unique and immersive experiences for every audience.

Amulets' next show will be Saturday, April 6th at the High Mark. Slow Crush, Holy Fawn, and Long Hallways will also be performing. 

  -By Avril Carrillo, photo by Thomas Fang

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Lili St Anne Album Release + Show

This coming Friday pop-folk ensemble Lili St Anne will be releasing their album, Bone Marrow. The first single, “Eveline” has generated plenty of buzz around the album, and there’s a reason why. In it, vocalist Elizabeth Fagan sings with a fluid, languid tone. She sings the way two lovers would dance in the moonlight; intense but unhurried. The song is passionate but is layered with a strong desire to stop and enjoy each moment as it passes. The accompanying drums and trombone turn her voice into a distant memory, both comforting and confusing. Each instrument is played with a gentle tenderness that is hard to produce with louder instruments. It melts into you, as calmly and smoothly as day turning into night.

If you want to check out “Eveline” live, Lili St Anne will be playing a release show this Friday, February 8th. It will take place at The Hallowed Halls, with doors opening at 7pm. Indira Valey and a special guest will be performing as well, which means you have all the more reason to go. You can find out more information on the event’s Facebook page, or buy tickets here.

  -By Avril Carrillo





Fir at The Doug Fir

If you’re looking for some good garage rock, here at The Deli we know just where to take you. Fresh off their “Live from The Rye Room” performance, Fir will be playing a show at The Doug Fir this Thursday, February 7th. If the band is as heartfelt and sincere as they were at The Rye Room, then this show will definitely be a good time. They’ll be joined by !mindparade, Danny Delgato & The Cuddlez, and The Macks. You can buy tickets here, or check out the facebook page for more info. 

-By Nick Hartman

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The 2019 Portland's Folk Festival

This weekend Portland’s Folk Festival will be taking place at McMenamins’ Mission Theater and Pub. The festival, which was put together by duo Fox and Bones, has set up a talented lineup. It has the best folk and Americana the PNW has to offer. Fox and Bones’ recently released their sophomore EP Better Land, and if you stop by on Saturday at 9:30, you’ll get the chance to hear what critics have been describing as “exceptional, and impossible not to love.”
 
 
Fox and Bones’ weren’t working alone on this years showcase. In a statement, they explained “Our main focus is on community building and have organized this event as a profit share between the artists. We believe the stronger your local community is, the more you can accomplish!” Such teamwork happened this year as Portland’s Folk Festival was created in conjunction with Vortex Music Magazine and Rola Music. This also means that every act there is one to keep an eye on. The Parson Redheads will be headlining Friday night, and Worth be the final act of the festival on Saturday. Not to mention both days promise a surprise “Secret Guest,” amping up the excitement for each night. You can find more information about the lineup here, or check out the festival’s Facebook page here.
 
 

-By Avril Carrillo, quotes from Groundsounds, Fox and Bones

 

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